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On the Properties and the Determination of the Wrench-Closure Workspace of Planar Parallel Cable-Driven Mechanisms

[+] Author Affiliations
Marc Gouttefarde, Clément M. Gosselin

Université Laval, Québec, Québec, Canada

Paper No. DETC2004-57127, pp. 337-346; 10 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 28th Biennial Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, September 28–October 2, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4695-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3742-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


This paper presents a detailed analysis of the constant-orientation wrench-closure workspace of planar three-degree-of-freedom parallel mechanisms driven by four cables. The constant-orientation wrench-closure workspace is defined as the subset of the plane wherein, for a given orientation of the moving platform, any planar wrench applied on the moving platform can be balanced by the cable-driven mechanism. Based on mathematical observations, this workspace is proved to be the union of two disconnected sets that may or may not exist. Moreover, if the constant-orientation wrench-closure workspace (WCW) exists, its boundary is shown to be composed of portions of conic sections. Then, an algorithm that determines the constant-orientation wrench-closure workspace by means of a graphical representation of its boundary is introduced. Several examples are also included.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Cables , Mechanisms



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